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At The Mahurin Honors College, our mission is to help as many scholars as we possible Ascend Toward Excellence.  The first question many scholars have is... 

How Do I Go About Getting Scholarships at WKU? 


The information below includes details about scholarships housed at Western Kentucky University and in The Mahurin Honors College.

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2024-2025 Scholarships
First-Time Freshmen Scholarships

To be considered for these scholarships, first-time freshmen students must plan to enroll full-time at WKU in the Summer or Fall semester of 2024, which will require a complete application with the Admissions Office.


Academic scholarships at Western Kentucky University are awarded through the Office of Student Financial Assistance. A wide variety of scholarships are available for first-time freshmen, current students and transfer students.

Should you have questions about Scholarships, the Office of Student Financial Assistance will be your main contact in receiving help (we in the MHC Office of course will help, but the Office of Student Financial Assistance will be the main/first point).

In addition to the scholarships that are awarded by the University based on academic merit, there are numerous scholarships that are awarded by the College Heights Foundation through private funds established by alumni and friends, academic departments or programs throughout the University, or by community organizations and professional associations. 

To be eligible for any of these awards, each scholar must submit their TOPDollar Scholarship Application annually by February 1.

The Mahurin Honors College is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within our student body. This scholarship is open to full-time, undergraduate students in the College who contribute to the diversity of the campus community through race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability/disability status, religion, geographic background, socioeconomic status (i.e. Pell Grant Eligible), family educational background (first-generation status), etc. Priority is given to those with demonstrated financial need.

This application can be found in the TOPDollar Scholarship Portal (mentioned above).

Deadline: February 1, 2024 (If you have found this after the deadline, please email nina.marijanovic@wku.edu.  While we cannot guarantee that funds are available, we do like to have a list of those who are in need in case the financial outlook changes.)

Only students who are in The Mahurin Honors College are eligible for this award.  If you are wishing to apply to The Mahurin Honors College, visit www.wku.edu/honors/admissions/apply/index.php.

Scholarship Questions?

Nina MarijanovicDr. Nina Marijanovic
Assistant Director,
Enrollment and Brand Management




Elizabeth GannonElizabeth Gannon
Admissions Counselor



Important Links

Welcome to Admissions

This page will introduce you to The Mahurin Honors College's Admission Process.

Schedule a Visit

We would love to see you and your family on campus.

Admissions Eligibility

Eligibility requirements for those pursuing admission to The Mahurin Honors College.

Application Components and Suggestions 

This page details the sections of our application, including essay prompts and the involvement summary.

Current WKU and Transfer Student Admissions Requirements

This page details the requirements for both current WKU students and transfer students wishing to apply to The Mahurin Honors College.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

This page details some of the scholarships offered through The Mahurin Honors College as well as those at Western Kentucky University.

Membership Fee

Further clarification is given on the fee for Honors, as well as some FAQ's related to the fee.

Meet our Ambassadors

The HonorsToppers are the official ambassadors for The Mahurin Honors College.  These students lead the VIP Visits for each prospective student/family.

H4 - Honors First-Year Retreat

This page will include all information relevant to our first-year orientation retreat, H4.

Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 9/25/23